Repair and Restore - good shops to use?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Repair and Modification' started by davedk, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

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    You can't go wrong with any of those suggestions. I am not sure Robb has a great turn around time but from what I hear he is top notch. The Oakland shop is probably the closest to where you are located and they are a solid choice. I would bet you could get a fast turn around as well there.
     
  2. davedk

    davedk New Friend

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    I do appreciate all the help ! :) thanks so much.
     
  3. tptmusicaz

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    I would suggest the Horn Shop in Fresno. I used to work with them back in college and they did some wonderful work.
     
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  4. SteveRicks

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    WHile you may find shops much closer to home, Capitol Music, a very large shop here in Montgomery AL has an 80+ year old owner (pro trumpet player and engineer from MIT if I am not mistaken -and he designed the Bach TR-200, plus his own brand) who is considered one of the best repair people in the country. WHen he used to teach repair classes, he would walk into a room with a tile floor, toss a sax high in the air, let it mash on the floor (hey guys, it was a sax, not a trumpet :) )and rebuild the horn to where you couldn't tell it had been touched. His prices are also extremely reasonable (to the point I hate to mention it as if he reads it they may get raised). At any rate, good luck on getting your horn repaired. We really get attached to them and nothinge lse will do. Just remember the joke: the wife finally told her husband that he had a choice, her or his horn. Now when he listens to music late at night, sometimes he really does miss that wife.
     
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  5. davedk

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    lol I hear ya.

    I have been just leary of the local guys - Im sure they prob do a good job - but I am super picky on the way my horns are handled and maintained. I know its just a strad but I bought it new when I was in the 8th grade with money I saved on paper route and other chores... so for me its personal. Plus I love the horn and the sound - its a great fit. haha man that sounded corney...

    the fresno shop is prob the closest - last time I called them they were too busy to help with all the "student" stuff they had around... nothing bad just sounds like they are busy. Ive been making some calls and checking on things - just some DD.

    thanks for all the help. I have been "lurking" around here for a year without posting... nice to see such a supportive community! :) :)

    on to post up some more!

    thanks
     
  6. JediYoda

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    In my opinion, John Thomas is the best in California and arguably the world.
    John Thomas in Santa cruz, California does all the work on my horns. he is very good and his prices are fair!

    Band & Orchestral Specialists John Thomas, Owner Store Hours: 11 - 6 Weekdays, 11 - 5 Saturday. Closed Sunday. 1010-H Fair Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-425-0110
    Thomas Musical Instruments - Santa Cruz, CA
     
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  7. calihorn

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    In my opinion, Robb Stewart is the best in california and arguably the world. ANBRASS also does good work in southern california if you don't want to be on a long waiting list for full restoration and refinishing.
     
  8. JediYoda

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    The Fresno shop is so busy because they are good!!
    With that said--I contacted them about refurbishing a horn of mine and they quoted me a 16 month turn around.
    Needles to say -- I sent it back east...lol
     
  9. mwilbanks1

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    Took my newly purchased Olds Special in to see Dick Akwright today. I'll post the "After" pictures when I get it back next week. Not a restoration project; just a clean and polish OldsSpecialLeft.jpg OldsSpecialRight.jpg
     
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  10. coolerdave

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    Wow, it's been awhile since this thread was active... but now that it is looking forward to hearing how your experience goes. Your horn has nice possibilities.
     

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